Course Description

IPC/WHMA-A-620 is the first industry standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation. The final product use classifications are defined and include criteria for acceptability conditions. This training provides a detailed overview of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Harness Assemblies and is supported by actual cable building exercises and concludes with a qualifying examination.


CSE students will obtain the knowledge to:

  • Reference the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard to make acceptable/reject decisions
  • Correctly interpret the intent of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard
  • Explain terminology and definitions

The NEW IPC/WHMA-A-620 optional hands-on training has been developed to help users become familiar with the basics of cable and wire harness fabrication.  The hands-on module is optional for all levels of IPC certification. The optional hands-on training adds about 8 hours to a standard IPC/WHMA-A-620 certification course.

Hands-on skills completed during the optional hands-on module:

  • Crimp Terminations (Contacts and Lugs)
    • Stamped and formed-Open Barrel
    • Carrier Cutoff tab
    • Stamped and formed barrel terminations
    • Machined contacts
    • Termination Ferrule Crimp
  • Discrete Wire Termination
    • Modular Connectors (RJ Type)
  • Solder Splices
    • Mesh
    • Wrap
    • Hook
    • Lap
    • Two or more Conductors
  • Crimp Splices- Barrel
    • Double-sided
    • Contacts
    • Soldered Splices
  • Coaxial and Triaxial Cable Assemblies
  • Tie wrap/Lacing applications
  • Shield Terminations-Shield Jumper Wire

What is a CSE?

The Certified Standards Expert (CSE) is a subject matter professional with a high level of knowledge and understanding of a specific IPC standard or group of standards but doesn’t train students or teach IPC classes.

Each CSE Receives:

  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard
  • Wire Harness kit & supporting documentation for use during hands-on module

Upon satisfactory completion of all written and practical exams at an 80% or higher, participants will receive Certified Standards Expert (CSE) certification.

Prerequisite: None

Class Length: 40 Hours

Certification Length: 24 months